Walk the Line (2005) is an American biographical drama based on the early life and career of country music legend Johnny Cash. Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Robert Patrick.


Walk the Line (title taken from Cash's song "I Walk the Line") is a chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. The film covers Cash's guilt over his brother's death as a child, and his rocky relationship with his father, as well as his love affair with eventual second wife June Carter and his struggles with drug abuse.


  • Joaquin Phoenix -as- Johnny Cash
  • Reese Witherspoon -as- June Carter
  • Ginnifer Goodwin -as- Vivian Liberto, Johnny's first wife
  • Robert Patrick -as- Ray Cash, Johnny's father
  • Hailey Anne Nelson -as- Rosanne Cash, Johnny's oldest daughter
  • Dallas Roberts -as- Sam Phillips, the producer of Sun Records
  • Dan John Miller -as- Luther Perkins, Johnny's first guitarist
  • Johnny Holiday -as- Carl Perkins
  • Larry Bagby -as- Marshall Grant, Johnny's bassist
  • Shelby Lynne -as- Carrie Cash, Johnny's mother
  • Sandra Ellis Lafferty -as- Maybelle Addington Carter, June's mother
  • Tyler Hilton -as- Elvis Presley
  • Waylon Payne -as- Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Shooter Jennings -as- Waylon Jennings, Johnny's future bandmate
  • Clay Steakley -as- Fluke Holland, Johnny's drummer
  • Johnathan Rice -as- Roy Orbison
  • Lucas Till -as- Jack Cash, Johnny's brother
  • Ridge Canipe -as- young Johnny Cash